Prepare for Your Appointment
Your physician is an expert on medical care. You are the expert on yourself! The more we know about your condition and symptoms, the better care we can provide. Often, there can be more than one option for diagnosing and treating a condition. By acting as a partner with your doctor, you can help choose the option that best fits your values, beliefs and lifestyle!
Please review the following information to prepare for your visit. Keeping in mind, being prepared for your visit will help you get the most out of your appointment:
What to Bring
Please complete the forms appropriate for the doctor you will be seeing prior to your arrival at the office. Please present your completed forms to the receptionist upon your arrival. If you have been evaluated previously for this, or any related condition, please bring all materials with you:
- Medical records including surgery notes, if applicable
- X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, nerve studies
- List of medications that you currently take and any medical problems you may have
What to Consider
You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:
- What are your main symptoms?
- How long have you had your symptoms?
- What were you doing when your symptoms started?
- Have you had this problem in the past?
- What was the diagnosis?
- How was it treated?
- How and when did an injury occur? How was it treated?
- Have you had any injuries in the past to the same area? Do you have any continuing problems because of the previous injury?
- Have you ever had surgery in that area?
- What activities related to sports, work or your lifestyle make your symptoms better or worse?
- Do you think that activities related to your job or hobbies caused your symptoms?
- What home treatment measures have you tried? Did they help?
- What nonprescription medicines have you taken? Did they help?
What to Wear
You may be asked to change into a gown and/or shorts for your exam. For your comfort, you might also consider the following, knowing that you may still be asked to wear a gown/shorts.
- Knee Exams– Wear loose fitting non-denim pants/shorts (no snaps, buttons, zippers or plastic).
- Hip Exams– Wear non-denim shorts, sweatpants, athletic pants, or pull on types (no snaps, buttons, zippers, plastic or metal grommets, embroidery or screen printing).
- Back Exams– Wear non-denim pants and a sports bra (no snaps, buttons, zippers, plastic or metal grommets, screen printing or embroidery).
- Shoulder Exams– Wear a sports bra (no snaps, buttons, or underwire).
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Late Arrivals / Cancellations
Please arrive for your scheduled appointment on time. Patients who arrive more than 15 minutes after their scheduled time may need be rescheduled. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call us at least 24 hours in advance so we may use the time for another patient.